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PlayStation3 media tour November 14, 2006

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So the PS3 has finally launched in Japan, and the US launch is fast approaching (us poor unfortunates in Europe still have a few months to wait), and one aspect of Sony’s new piece of living room furniture that has been receiving lots of praise is its media playback/management facilities. Utilising an interface that is essentially a high-res version of the PSP menu system, the PS3 can handle a variety of media on a variety of formats. Music, photos and videos can be read from memory cards and USB flash memory to name just a couple of sources, as well as from the consoles hard drive, although there doesn’t seem to be any provision for streaming media from a PC the way that the Xbox360 can. But where the PS3 currently holds the advantage over the 360 – at least in video playback stakes – is in the fact that it can handle a variety of video formats, not just poxy WMV files like the 360 does. And the “photo album” facility looks absolutely gorgeous, although I’m not sure how useable it is; once that initial “Wow” factor has subsided, I suspect that many PS3 owners will opt for a simple slide show when viewing their digital pics.

On balance, the media playback capabilities of the PS3 and its crossbar interface seem to me a little bit, well, sexier than the 360’s offerings. But that alone wouldn’t be enough to make me want one, especially since I recently bought a 360 – and I could still buy a Wii once it’s available and have two cutting edge consoles for the price of Sony’s one.

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Use The Force, Pooch October 9, 2006

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This is so damn obvious; why did nobody think of it before? Surely every dog lover on the planet has always dreamt of dressing up their faithful friend as their favourite Star Wars character? No? Anyone mental enough to actually want one can order them here

How cool is this?! October 3, 2006

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London based company MOO have come up with the brilliant idea of MiniCards made from your Flickr photostream. Each MiniCard has a photo on one side, and any text you care to include on the other side. Got to get me some of those

Quote of the Week September 1, 2006

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Guillaume Apollinaire

Desolation Row (C) August 16, 2006

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Desolation Row (C)

Originally uploaded by CantikFotos.
I know nothing about this except that it’s an abandoned housing project in Taiwan. Don’t know why it was abandoned – it seems a damn shame that a project as bold as this got so far along, then didn’t make it past the finishing line

A YouTube for videogames August 14, 2006

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Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?! OK, so it was essentially marketing prose from Microsoft’s Peter Moore, but it’s a great idea.

Microsoft have announced a free software suite called XNA Game Studio Express that will enable anyone running Windows XP to create their own games for PC and XBox 360 (although if you want to create games for the 360 you’ll have to pay an annual $99 “Creators’ Club” subscription fee). Given the amount of manpower and time it takes to develop a console game these days, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what can be accomplished by small indie studios, or even bedroom coders. And considering the grumblings coming from developers about just how difficult it is to code for the PS3, this is a really canny move from Microsoft. The beta version of XNA Game Studio Express is due to be launched on August 30th. You can read more here

Aptana – The Web IDE July 31, 2006

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Aptana - The Web IDE
This looks interesting; a free, open source, cross-platform Web Development app. I’ll be downloading it and trying it out over the next few days, so I’ll be sure to report back on how I get on

Balls to PSP July 21, 2006

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Sony Bravia 'balls' advert
…well, Son of Balls actually. Following on from the memorable ‘Balls’ ad campaign for Sony’s Bravia TV range, as part of the next Bravia campaign (centring on a new TV ad by director Jonathan Glazer) Sony will offer free, exclusive PSP content available from the ‘net as well as PlayStation®Spot and Wifi distribution points

First ever Pocoyo episode online! July 17, 2006

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Over at the Official Pocoyo Blog you can download the pilot episode of Pocoyo, together with an animatic of the same episode. Very interesting, although considering this pilot was put together essentially to sell the show to the broadcasting industry, it doesn’t have anything like the charm that the actual series does

Recycle your spam as art June 26, 2006

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German energy company EnBW have taken waste recycling to a new level; now you can recycle your waste data (spam emails) as desktop art, via this fantastic flash site.